The Weekly Recap (229): In Which Nick Is Lonely Without Nereyda

Posted April 9, 2017 by Nick/ 24 Comments

Weekly Recap 

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi everyone!

Long time no see! It’s starting to get a little bit lonely on here without Nereyda, but don’t worry, she’s doing fine. She just needs a tiny break from blogging and reading. She’ll be doing a post with me on Monday, but she hopes to be back the following week. Hopefully, you guys aren’t tired of just seeing my face around here haha.

On a blog note …

We hit 5000 followers on Bloglovin!

Thanks so much for following us and reading our posts and basically just being all around awesome followers! Nereyda & I are pumped! <3

Spring break was so uneventful for me, and it went by too fast. I worked a couple of extra days, but the rest of the time I mostly napped and did some chores around my apartment. I started classes again on Monday, and gosh, I’m already exhausted. I have the same amount of courses as last quarter, but the work load is probably 10 times more. I’m not sure if I’m going to last. I’m especially not looking forward to a group project for one of my classes, which consists of 40% of my grade. I’ve never had any good experience with group projects, but fingers crossed that because this is grad school, people are more serious. It’s a pretty hefty project and I don’t want to wind up having to do most of the work. I also will be working more this quarter compared to last quarter. I’m not sure if this is the best idea, but when my boss offered I said yes. I’m going to see how I handle the work load for a couple of weeks, and if it interferes with my school work, I will go back to working my normal, more manageable hours.

My mind has also been heavy with the news more than usual this week. There have been so many acts of unnecessary violence around the world. I wish for a world where people were not dying because of war, but it only seems like things are going to get worse. I struggle with this desire to be aware of everything so I can be informed, and the other part of me just wants to live in my ignorant bubble. How do you all do handle it all? For now, I can only escape by reading.

Here are my reading updates:

What I Read:

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) About Last Night Ride with Me How to Misbehave (Camelot, #1) The Adjustment (The Program, #3) Making It Last (Camelot, #4) Queens of Geek Midnight Target (Killer Instincts, #8) Missing The Upside of Unrequited I Dared the Duke (The Wayward Wallflowers, #2)

These are the books I read over the past two weeks. Most of them were hits which I’m happy about. I’ve already reviewed both Crooked Kingdom and Queens of Geek this past week, so if you’re interested in my thoughts check those out. But briefly, I liked Crooked Kingdom a lot though there was one scene that took away from my enjoyment. Queens of Geek was a really cute book and I loved all the friendships. I also picked up Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai, which I’m a little bit obsessed with. It’s forbidden-love + second chance romance and features a POC heroine, and there were some seriously steamy scenes in the book. I can’t wait to read more from Alisha Rai. I also went on a mini Ruthie Knox binge. I love her writing so much and her romances, swoon! From this list, I loved About Last Night most because holy moly, the chemistry between Cath & Nev! The rest were 3.5-4 stars reads too, so they are all very good! I was a little disappointed with Midnight Target. I was really looking forward to it, but one of the main characters was so annoying. Missing was okay, though nothing spectacular, in my opinion. The Upside of Unrequited was a spontaneous read for me, and I loved every moment of it. I Dared The Duke was a decent read, though not very memorable.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Things I Should Have Known The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel, #3)

I’m 30% into Things I Should Have Known, and it’s going very well. I’m invested in the story especially because of the friendship/romance budding between two autistic side characters. I found The Day of the Duchess on EW and could not resist starting it. This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I’m 40% in and it’s so good!

Review Copies Haul:

Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1) Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, #2) One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3) Shacking Up Disorderly Conduct (Academy, #1) The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel, #3) Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index

A very romance-driven haul this week for me! Thanks to publishers for the review copies!

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  • Angel @Angel Reads

    I start my easter break this mid week and I am so ready, but it’s only a week and I start my internship this week – so much of a break haha. But I am really excited!
    You had such a goo reading weeks! My reading has slowed down now that I am full into uni and everything, but I’ve reach my goal so pretty happy with that.

    Thanks for the post!

  • debnance

    I listen to NPR on the way to work. I feel like it is objective and it keeps me informed, but it isn’t unrelentingly heavy.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/04/two-hour-readathon-warm-up-for-deweys.html

  • I hope your group project goes better than you expect it to go. I haven’t had too many positive group projects either but I’m hoping this one will be different for you since they should all be more serious about it.

    Looks like you got a lot of great looking books in your haul this week too. I love Tessa Bailey so I can’t wait to see what you think of that one.

    Hope you have a great week, and happy reading!

  • I could never get tired of seeing you around Nick 🙂 Sounds like you are busy with school and work. And UGH to group projects. I hope you have a great group for it. Looks liek a great reading two weeks!! I am starting the Upside of Unrequited today. So excited. Oh and you got Juniper Lemons – can’t wait to see what you think!! Have a great week Nick!!!

  • I’m so happy to see that you loved The Upside of Unrequited! It was so good.

  • I’ve been loving your posts but I do miss Nereyda and her makeup know-how! Hopefully her break is relaxing and rejuvenating. 🙂 Congrats again on hitting 5K, y’all totally deserve it!

    Sounds like school is getting pretty intense, but if it makes you feel any better I had mostly good experiences with group projects when I was in grad school. It costs a lot and they don’t have to be there, so there are fewer slackers…on average, anyway. Hahaha.

    As for dealing with horrible news, I try to read as much as I can and then when I hit my limit I go into full ostrich mode and escape into romance novels and British TV shows. My current watch is called The Durrells and it’s about a single mom and her four kids who move from Britain to Corfu in the 1950s. It’s really cool and sweet and the perfect escapism for me.

    OMG the Innkeeper Chronicles! I loved the first book (listened to it on audio) but I haven’t read the next two yet. Fingers crossed you like it Nick, Ilona Andrews is one of my favourites.

  • Oh group projects….ugh!! Hopefully your right and since its grad school, people won’t be douchebags. As a teacher, I never force group projects because I know how awful they can be!
    We got several of the same books this week 🙂 And I’m glad you are liking the new Sarah MacLean book. I was super excited to see it on EW!!!
    Oh I finally read Devil in Spring…LOVED it!!!!

  • It must be fun to have a blogging partner. Having to do all the blogging stuffs myself sometimes could be overwhelming. Anyway, I haven’t read any of these books but I’m glad that you enjoyed them. Have a great week and happy reading, Nick. 😀

  • I am so glad that the only sort of group work I had to do at uni was a 5 minute presentation with someone else haha. Good luck with the project, I’m sure you guys will smash it 😀

    Those acts of violent are so disheartening. So many innocents getting caught in the crossfire. Whatever happened to compassion?

  • Charlie Anderson

    I choose to live in an ignorant bubble as much as I can with a hyper-vigilant and aware police officer spouse who is trained for mass casualty (which is the new term) and social media friends who are avid newsworthies and a teaching partner whose life revolves around spreading news. It makes me either very angry or very sad and I just vent and rage, so my blood pressure doesn’t appreciate it.

    You had a more productive spring break than I did! I also hated group projects and I have a group project horror story that I hope does not happen to you! Go in with a plan of what you are going to do, and others will start grasping at whatever is left. I found that that methodology has worked for me with distributing work duties with my partner. Good luck!

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Hope the project goes well! These are all new to me reads in your haul. I haven’t read any of them but I hope you enjoy them!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

  • Greg Hill

    Congrats on 5000 followers! And good luck with your project. I was never that fond of group projects either, especially if you don’t know at first what you’re going to get participation- wise. Queens of Geek was awesome and I need to read Missing.

    Have a great reading week.

  • Never tired of either of you Nick 🙂 My kids have Spring break this week. I’m glad you got to sleep in, I’m sure you needed the rest. Best of luck with all the work load. Awful news seem to be entirely too common in the past couple of weeks. So sad 🙁

    The Day of the Duchess looks awesome!

  • Congratulations on 5,000 followers! That’s so exciting!!! And good luck managing school and work!

  • I cringe at just the thought of a group project. Ugh. I sure hope this one goes smoothly and that, like you said, since it’s grad school everyone is one board and willing to do the work. And I feel you with the wish to escape from all the depressing news. I certainly don’t see it getting any better. 🙁 Thank goodness for the escape of books and reading. I just finished The Upside of Unrequited a few days ago and loved it so hard. I adored Molly and the whole story was just adorable. Hope your week is off to a good start, Nick!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  • I went to a business school that was SUPER focused on group projects to “prepare for the real world where you’ll be collaborating nonstop on projects.” I kid you not, I had multiple semesters where I had at least one group project for all five classes I was taking at the time. Looking back, there were probably 1-2 classes total throughout college that didn’t have some kind of group project. I bet you’re right – people will be serious about it because grad school is a big deal!

  • I completely agree on the group project thing that was always the worst when someone in the group just wasn’t focused and didn’t care. Hopefully everyone will be on target, I would think in grad school people would be more focused! I have heard a lot of great things about Things I Should Have Known I hope you enjoy it! Have a great week!

  • Hang in there, Nick, summer is right around the corner. As far as handling all the bad news, I unplug and read or cross stitch. It is what is keeping me sane. I need to get back to the Clean Sweep series. I have only readthe first one.

  • Wow, 5,000 followers, that’s quite a milestone!! A big congratulations!!

  • oh wow what a following!!! That is amazing, your content is very diverse and what many people go for!! Congrats on that. It really sucks with all the bad news, I hate violence so much, and yeah I try to keep informed but just marginally, just so I know whats going on but I normally have to go out for a run or do some coloring or reading to keep back to non stressed from it all. Great books you got here, and glad you are enjoying MacLean’s new book. I admit I am nervous to read it, just because I have been a bit disappointed with her lately but the blurb is very tempting.

  • I”m so happy you’re reading Things I Should Have Known! I really loved that one. Wow, 5K!! That’s freaking awesome! Good luck with the classes! Group projects are the worst. I have a love/hate relationship with them. Hopefully, your group cooperates.
    Have a good week!

  • Congratulations, ladies! You are seriously one of the best blogger tandem in the business so it’s no surprise. 🙂

    I hope you’re not working yourself too hard, Nick. The added stress with what’s going on where you are right now can’t be good for you. Heck, it’s not good for my sanity right now and I’m in Canada. Truly looking for the day when they impeach this admin.

  • I said congrats on Twitter but I’ll say it again because that is awesome. That is a whole heap of people to be reading.

    Don’t overwork yourself though with school and work. If your workload gets too much always sacrifice a few hours at work instead of impacting school work. I know you know that but always good to have a reminder. And the world has gone crazy of late and it absolutely sucks. I don’t know if I’m just noticing it more or what but I don’t like it.

    I am just jotting down books from this post to buy just so you know. I will be buying that Alisha Rai book, I’d been debating and seriously what was I waiting for? Preorder sorted.

  • Yay for 5000 on BL! Awesome news!

    Good luck with the extra workload – I hope you can manage.

    I have NO idea hoe you manage to read so many books so dang QUICKLY! I read a lot this week and managed to do 3 books. I should really look at reading in the daytime sometimes instead of just at bedtime… Maybe I’d get through a little more of the TBR pile?